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Joshua 11:21-22 And at that time came Joshua, and cut off the Anakims from the mountains, from Hebron, from Debir, from Anab, and from all the mountains of Judah, and from all the mountains of Israel: Joshua destroyed them utterly with their cities. There was none of the Anakims left in the land of the children of Israel.

Did you ever realize that the greats of the Bible all had to slay a giant before they could have secured the promise God had made concerning their lives?  Abraham was told that his seed would be like the sand on the seashore, but before that could manifest he had to get past his wife being barren. David was anointed as King but had to slay Goliath and overcome the consistent attempts of Saul to kill him. The implication is that you too will have to slay giants.

What is the main obstacle(s) standing between you and your dream or what God had promised? Whatever it is, that is the Anakim or giant that you will have to slay.  When Joshua and the people of Israel reached the promised land, before they could fully possess it, they had to first dispossess the people of the land and the major obstacle standing before them was the giants that were in the land. As a result, Joshua and the people gave special attention to utterly destroying the giants and by virtue of doing so they were able to conquer their cities.  It was similar to what happened when David killed Goliath, the Philistines lost their confidence and that made the path to victory that much easier.

Slaying your giant will open the door for your victory. There are 3 things we can learn from Joshua and the people of Israel and David about slaying our giants. The first is to make slaying our giants a top priority. Based on Joshua 11:21, Joshua and the Israelites made the giants in the land their primary target in every city they went. We can follow their example by strategizing daily and giving priority to taking action daily that will take us closer to overcome the struggles that we face. 

The second lesson to learn is to slay your giants one at a time. Joshua 11:21 went at length to highlight the different places that Joshua and the people went to slay their giants – Hebron, Debir, Ahab. It was meant to drive home the point that it was not done all at once or in one day.  Do not try to slay your giants all at once, take it step by step. 

The final lesson about slaying giants can be learnt from David. He took up 5 stones before facing Goliath (1 Samuel 17:40); the number 5 represents favor. What the scripture was communicating was that to slay our giants we need divine favor. You cannot slay giants in your own strength, you need God’s strength and to draw on God’s strength you must maintain favor with Him. Maintain favor with God by obeying His words and follow His instructions.

Life Application: Continually strategize and set aside time daily to tackle your giants while maintaining favor with God so that you have the strength to overcome.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for the tools that you have given that are geared towards slaying giants . May your favor continually be upon me as I face the various obstacles. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Stacyan Rowe

I am an avid reader who enjoys exploring the world through words. I am a Christian, wife and mother to two amazing boys. I am an English teacher at the secondary level. I love writing and having meaningful discussions.

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